Vested interests and clinical guidelines

In a bmj feature article this week, Jeanne Lenzer investigates the persistent problem of conflicts of interests among authors and sponsors of clinical guidelines and discusses some of the consequences – harms and side effects, including deaths .

‘This is no mere theoretical dilemma; there is evidence that even when doctors believe a guideline is likely to be harmful and compromised by bias, a substantial number follow it.’

Screening programmes (eg breast screening) may be similarly influenced.

Why we can’t trust clinical guidelines – BMJ 2013;346:f3830 http://www.bmj.com/content/346/bmj.f3830?etoc

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